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MasterCard security breach bad news for some

Kristin found her account was compromised and thieves spent her money at California Wal-Marts. Kristin found her account was compromised and thieves spent her money at California Wal-Marts.
Sky Bank says it didn't know which groups of accounts were vulnerable until earlier this week. Sky Bank says it didn't know which groups of accounts were vulnerable until earlier this week.
Experts advise checking your account online often and notify the bank of problems. Experts advise checking your account online often and notify the bank of problems.

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Indianapolis - MasterCard is warning its member banks about a rash of thefts from the bank accounts of card holders, some here in Central Indiana.

Kristin is good about checking her checking account. "I  check the account online every day."

And good thing. When she logged on Tuesday she found it had insufficient funds.

"I was like, what's going on?" Kristin said.

Kristin has a MasterCard debit card and her bank, Sky Bank, blames a security breach.

"We were notified very late last week that a member merchant of Master Card had a data breach and account numbers were compromised," said Mike Newbold, Regional President of Sky Bank Indianapolis.

If it sounds familiar it's because it's a little like the case last year when a hacker got into customer financial records at TJ Maxx and its affiliated stores. The crooks quickly bought merchandise and gift cards from major national retailers like Wal-Mart. This breach may not be as big as that one but look where someone was spending Kristin's money with her stolen debit card data.

Kristin shows us her online bank statement. "Well they were Wal-Marts." In two days, $2,000 in charges were rung up in California Wal-Marts.

"Only the last charge was declined," Kristin said, "and that was today for $700."  And that's because the crooks had pretty much emptied out her account.

"It really makes you realize how vulnerable you are," Kristin said.

She wishes her bank warned her Master Card accounts were targeted. The bank says it just learned of the group of cards that could be vulnerable in the last 24 hours. It urges we all be vigilant. If you have online access Mike Newbold with SkyBank recommends "log in periodically and look at your account activity and see if anything looks suspicious." The bank says it will work to restore customers balances.

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